It can be tempting for a person who has been drinking to flee from the scene if they get into an accident. In California, it is a crime to run from the scene of an accident if it involved property damage or personal injury. An accident involving property damage and fleeing from the scene would be charged as a misdemeanor hit-and-run. If the accident involved personal injury or a fatality, the driver could face felony charges. If the driver was also driving under the influence, they will likely face both the DUI charges and the hit-and-run charges. If the driver caused injuries in the DUI accident in addition to leaving the scene, the driver could face two or more felony charges.
The Venice Patch reports that the driver of an Audi suspected of a DUI hit-and-run in Playa Del Rey has been arrested.
The incident occurred last Thursday at the intersection of Pershing Drive and Manchester Avenue at about 1:15 A.M.
A woman had walked out of a restaurant and was showing a friend her skateboard. The woman went out into the roadway where she was struck by a black Audi A5. The vehicle did not stop.
The victim, who was not named, died at the scene. Police were later able to track down the vehicle and arrested the driver. It is believed that a kind of intoxicant, drugs or alcohol, was involved in the collision.
The name of the suspect was not released.